Rotating Hardware Bin / Lazy Susan Organizer and Rustic Industrial Decor

Rotating Hardware Bin / Lazy Susan Organizer and Rustic Industrial Decor

This upcycling idea has been rattling around in my head for nearly a year now, but up until recently, I wasn’t sure how to fully execute it. You see, I have coveted a rotating hardware bin (the kind seen in old hardware stores) for a long time. But I couldn’t pull the trigger on an authentic one (too pricey) and I didn’t want to purchase a reproduction (like this one below).

Rotating Hardware Bin reproduction to use as rustic industrial decor sold by Antique Farm House

Heck, even the repro versions are pricey!

That’s when it dawned on me one day while I was thrifting and I snatched a Tupperware party platter from the thrift store shelves.

Tupperware party platter for upcycling into rotating hardware bin and industrial decor by Sadie Seasongoods

My mom used one of these for her crudité platters when I was growing up- in fact, she probably still has it! But this one came from Goodwill, sans top and/or carrying handle. And if you squint your eyes and pretend it’s made of galvanized metal, it kind-of-sort-of looks like a hardware bin!

But. BUT. From there, I was stuck- I couldn’t figure out a simple way to give it a platform, a lazy Susan, and a handle to use for spinning/turning (and I really do try to keep my projects simple). Sure, I could purchase a wooden base (or pillar style candleholder), lazy Susan hardware, and a finial sort of handle, but like I said- I really try and keep things simple!

However, fast forward a few months when I found this small wooden lazy Susan – I’m assuming it was once part of a cruet set.

Wooden lazy susan for a cruet set to be upcycled into rotating hardware bin by Sadie Seasongoods

NOW I had everything I needed to create my own DIY rotating hardware bin! What do think- is this a crazy idea or what? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a Tupperware party platter and a wooden lazy susan into a Rotating Hardware bin by Sadie Seasongoods

Upcycling a Plastic Tray into a Rotating Hardware Bin

Ok- let’s find out if I’m a genius or an idiot…

First, I needed to cut a hole in the party platter that was big enough to slip over the cruet handle, so that it could sit on the wooden platform. As if the Tupperware people had already thought of this, they provided me a perfectly round circle I could trace with my handy utility knife.

Cutting a hole in Tupperware party platter for attaching to wooden lazy susan by Sadie Seasongoods

Thank you, Tupperware people- that was very thoughtful!

And…you guys…it was the perfect size. I didn’t even bother trying to slice out a perfect circle- an octagon was good enough for me.

Combining plastic tray with wooden lazy susan to create rotating hardware bin by Sadie Seasongoods

So, yeah…it was PERFECT. Made for each other perfect. I couldn’t have been happier- now I just needed to make it look a little more rustic industrial.

Creating a lazy susan organizer with plastic tray and wooden lazy susan that looks rustic industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

Transforming Tupperware into Rustic Industrial Decor

Because the plastic tray / party platter and wooden lazy Susan had smooth surfaces, I gave each one a light dusting of gray primer. Not opaque, flawless coverage- just enough to give my paint something to grab onto.

Using Flat Gray Primer on plastic tray and wooden lazy susan to make them look rustic industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I used my favorite farmhouse project paint on both pieces, although I didn’t really paint the wooden platform of the lazy Susan (since it’ll be covered by the party platter. I also use a thin strip of painter’s tape around the actual lazy Susan hardware to keep paint from potentially causing rotation problems.

You’ve seen me use that paint before on my DIY faux windmill wall décor and on my bread basket farmhouse bowls!

Since I know this paint well- I know it likes to chip and rub off easier than most. And with my desire to actually use my rotating hardware bin to store bits in…well, I need a paint finish that can take a beating!

So, I brushed on a single coat of matte decoupage medium (I prefer this to Mod Podge), which worked like a charm!

Adding a top coat of decoupage medium to rotating hardware bin and lazy susan organizer by Sadie Seasongoods

Last but not least, I needed to bond the two pieces of my rotating hardware bin together! I used my go-to super glue on both the wooden platform and the bottom center of my party platter.

Super glue to attach plastic tray to lazy susan for rotating hardware bin that looks rustic industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

See? It’s already looking more rustic industrial, isn’t it? Almost like a REAL ROTATING HARDWARE BIN!

Rotating Hardware Bin / Lazy Susan Organizer and Rustic Industrial Decor

DONE. Crazy idea DONE- and it worked out brilliantly, if I do say so myself. I am OVER THE MOON about how well this project turned out, you guys…

I can use my rotating hardware bin for SO MANY THINGS in my craft room- basically, I may never pass up another Tupperware party platter again. Plus, it has that rustic industrial look that I just can’t get enough of.

Lazy susan organizer and rotating hardware bin that is industrial decor and looks rustic industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for rustic industrial decor, then you will LOVE my upcycling idea for these VHS tape drawers, too!

VHS tape drawers or tape holders at thrift store for upcycling idea that is rustic industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Well, well, well…how smart is that? That is just amazing. Great idea and upcycle!

  2. Teresa Emenheiser says

    Love it!

  3. girlfromwva says

    love it! thanks for sharing.

  4. Kaycee F says

    Wow, you have created another amazing project with a combination of two totally unrelated castoffs! This organizer really looks great!!!

  5. This is so creative, I could use one of these in every room of the house lol

  6. Brilliant! Want 🙂

  7. Kathy A. says

    Love it. You’ve done it again! Another thing to add to my look-for list! Even with just a handle, it would be adorable–and so useful! A plastic Rubbermaid turntable would work well, too, but I love the elevation of yours. P.S.: I finallt found a $2 stool aat the American Legion yard sale (and $4 casters at Restore) to make my wrapping paper organizer. I am SO pumpted!

  8. I literally just gave one of these away last week! You are so freaking creative!!!

  9. awesome……..

  10. LOVE IT! I would love one of these thanks for the inspiration.

  11. I am amazed at your creativity, Sarah! What a fun idea! You brought your idea together beautifully!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so very much, Linda- it’s always so exciting (and relieving, LOL) when I project I have high hopes for actually works out so well! Am I right or am I right… 😉

  12. Love your idea, it is good for many things, especially food and sewing. Personally I bought an old dresser and each drawer holds my hardware stuff. If I need to use items outside of the house I use my tool box which I carry to the site.

  13. Shirley Dykema says

    Wow That paint really transformed the Tupperware!! Also: Why do you prefer Decou-page Matte sealer over ModPodge?? I have it but haven’t made the comparison to MP ever.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Well, I generally prefer DecoArt products over Plaid products because I am part of their Art Room team. But I’ve had better luck with Decou-page (the DecoArt product) for actual decoupaging projects. I don’t dislike Mod Podge, though- they’re very, very similar and Mod Podge is better known, that’s for sure.

  14. As if this doesn’t look cool enough, it spins?? !!! Woah! I love this and can’t wait to find one of those tupperware thingys at the thrift store! Nice work Sarah!

  15. Love how you think!

  16. I am new to here and absolutely love this idea, for sure going to use this in my workshop and enjoy looking through your other stuff.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, and welcome, Bonnie! I hope you found other projects of mine to be inspired by. 🙂

  17. Hilary Milner says

    I happened to find a plastic container somewhat like yours, at Goodwill, the day after reading your post. Mine did have a top. What I did was put larger marbles in the lid and the container on top. It rotates just fine, but I’ll have to leave it in one spot because it’s now heavy! Plus, if I drop it, I’ll be chasing marbles all over the place. Thanks for your great idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      What a great solution, Hilary- I love it! And yes, don’t move it in case of marbles all over the place, LOL.

  18. I wouldn’t have thought to combine the two. Genius!

  19. Roxanne Furlong says

    Genius! Argh! I just spotted one of these at a garage sale but it didn’t have a cover, now I know why! I should have seen this first.

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